Initially it was thought 15,000-plus toy cars will be lined up nose-to-tail through a 2km trail starting and finishing in the motor museum and going around the grounds outside. Toy cars were signed and donated by a host of celebrities. Sir Stirling Moss donated a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR scale model, the car in which he won the 1955 Mille Miglia. Pink Floyd’s drummer and classic car racer Nick Mason, TV motoring presenters Quentin Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Edd China all signed and donated toy cars. Land Speed Record breakers Richard Noble OBE and Wing Commander Andy Green OBE offered signed models of their vehicles Thrust II and Thrust SSC.
Toy cars have flooded into collection points at 21 Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the south coast as well as Naomi House charity shops and many schools. Once the record has been set, they will be sold to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices. Two children from Naomi House will lay the final cars to set the world record and complete the car line-up. Quentin Willson signed his record car.
The world record to beat was of 14,310 cars set in Füssen, Germany last year. Andy Ollerenshaw, from Beaulieu’s Events team, said, “There is still a chance to have your toy car included in the world record attempt and to help make history.
“It will be an exciting event to come and watch on the day and children who bring two or more toy cars on May 5 will get half-price admission to Beaulieu. To qualify, donated cars can be of any type designed to be played with by hand including cars, lorries, tractors and quad bikes but not large enough to sit on.”